Daily Management Review

German Consumer Protection Union sues VW due to dieselgate


09/12/2018


The Federal Union for Consumer Protection (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverbands, Vzbv) of Germany and the German automobile club ADAC intend to file a collective claim in November against the Volkswagen concern in connection with the diesel scandal and demand compensation for the buyers.



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Such a statement was made by the head of the Federal Union for the Protection of Consumer Rights Klaus Mueller, speaking to journalists in Berlin.

"Today, exactly three years after the start of the diesel scandal, Vzbz announces jointly with its partner ADAC about the intention to sue Volkswagen AG. On 1 November the law on filing a collective action comes into force, then we will turn to the Higher Land Court in Braunschweig with the lawsuit against Volkswagen. The purpose of the lawsuit is to determine that VW has intentionally and maliciously inflicted damage to customers through the manipulation of software and must provide compensation," Mueller said.

He added that "buyers of cars of VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda brands, equipped with diesel engines EA189, in respect of which the German and European automobile departments have decided to withdraw, can participate in the collective lawsuit."

Muller stressed that "the possibility of filing a collective action was an important step in protecting the collective interests of consumers." According to him, 2.5 million people are affected by the diesel scandal in Germany alone, while "most of the victims have not yet received enough information or legal guarantees" from both the auto concern and government agencies.

Although some buyers, admitted Mueller, "have already appealed to the court at their own risk," the class action "gives hope" to all those who have not done so for financial or other reasons.

Volkswagen was previously accused in the United States of having equipped diesel cars with software (software), underestimating real emissions of harmful substances.

The US government ordered the concern to recall 482,000 cars of Volkswagen and Audi brands sold in the country in 2009-2015. In January 2017 Volkswagen finally agreed with the US authorities to pay a fine of $ 4.3 billion in the so-called "Dieselgate".

source: dw.de






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